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2016 Time of the Writer Festival heading to Clermont, Cato Manor, Umlazi, Inanda and KwaMashu

 
The Centre for Creative Arts has announced a change in venues and a special programme for the Time of the Writer festival this year, under the theme Decolonising the Book.

The 19th edition of the Durban festival will take place from 14 to 19 March, in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality Libraries Department. The day programme this year will take place in these libraries.

In addition, the Time of the Writer is shifting venues for its evening panel discussions. These are usually held at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, but this year they will each take place in a different location across the surrounding areas of Durban, in Clermont, Cato Manor, Umlazi, Inanda and KwaMashu.

All events will be free to library or student card holders. People without either will be charged a nominal fee of R20.

The developments follow a conversation around inclusiveness in South African literature sparked at last year’s festival by Thando Mgqolozana, which culminated in him announcing at the Franschhoek Literary Festival that he was quitting the “white literary system”.

The CCA says it is hoping to gather leading voices from every facet of literature in the areas of writing, editing, publishing, translation, marketing, bookselling and promotion, to provide a platform for conversation and debate on this issues of transformation and the growth of literature.

“This theme aims to interrogate the central question of how to go about decolonising literature in South Africa, from writing to readership,” the CCA says in a statement.

Tiny Mungwe, festival manager at the Centre for Creative Arts, says: “We are very excited about the plans for this year’s festival, which came about as a result of a growing call from within the literary world and South Africa as whole for increased diversity, access and inclusiveness.

“The Centre for Creative Arts would like to acknowledge one of South Africa’s leading writers, Thando Mgqolozana, who has been very vocal about change in our society and has assisted in the programming of this edition of the festival.

“The change is very big for us and by breaking from years of tradition we will have another set of operational challenges, but it is something we believe is absolutely crucial for the festival and for the face of literature in South Africa if we are to effect some kind of shift in our thinking.”

The full 2016 Time of the Writer programme will be announced in a few weeks.

 
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Special programme for 19th Time of the Writer, 14 - 19 March 2016

 

19th Time of the Writer | 14 – 19 March 2016

 
The Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) is proud to announce a change in venues and a special programme for the 19th Time of The Writer, which takes place from 14 to 19 March in Durban, under the theme Decolonising the Book.

A nationwide conversation on inclusiveness in the South African literature landscape began at the 2015 edition of Time of the Writer, sparked off by South African writer Thando Mgqolozana. In order to provide a platform for conversation and debate on this issue, this year’s edition of the festival will gather the leading voices from every facet of literature in the areas of writing, editing, publishing, translation, marketing, bookselling and promotion (including events), to deliberate on the salient issues pertinent to the transformation and growth of literature in South Africa. This theme aims to interrogate the central question of how to go about decolonising literature in South Africa, from writing to readership.

Conversations that Matter is a daytime programme of roundtable discussions, led by experts across the various fields of literature, that provides a space for people to share and contribute towards this vital topic. The nightly evening panels will then feature a summative discussion on the day’s deliberations.

The 19th edition of the festival is presented in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality Libraries department in whose libraries the day programme will take place.

This year’s edition of the festival features a shift in venue for the evening panels as each day the festival will take place in a different location across the surrounding areas of Durban; venues are located in Clermont, Cato Manor, Umlazi, Inanda and KwaMashu.

“We are very excited about the plans for this year’s festival, which came about as a result of a growing call from within the literary world and South Africa as whole for increased diversity, access and inclusiveness. The Centre for Creative Arts would like to acknowledge one of South Africa’s leading writers Thando Mgqolozana who has been very vocal about change in our society and has assisted in the programming of this edition of the festival,” says Tiny Mungwe, festival manager at the Centre for Creative Arts. “The change is very big for us and by breaking from years of tradition we will have another set of operational challenges, but it is something we believe is absolutely crucial for the festival and for the face of literature in South Africa if we are to effect some kind of shift in our thinking.”

The line-up of writers and venues will be announced in a few weeks time.

All events FREE to library or student cardholders. For members of the public without either card, a nominal fee of R20 will be requested at the door one hour before the event.

For more details about this years’ Time of the Writer, visit the festival web page or call (031) 260 2506

Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University KwaZulu-Natal), the 19th Time of the Writer is supported by the City of Durban, the National Department of Arts and Culture, The Goethe-Institut and the French Institute of South Africa. The Centre for Creative Arts is housed in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a special project of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl Potgieter.

Aspiring authors: Don't miss Jacana Media's new creative writing Masterclass series

Invitation to Jacana Media's Writing Masterclasses

 

Jacana Media will be running a series of Masterclasses for aspiring writers in 2016.

All Masterclasses will be held on a Thursday at the Jacana offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, and are held by a published author or publisher.

The cost of the class includes a copy of the author’s latest book.

Diarise these dates now!

Masterclass Details

  • Venue: Jacana Media
    10 Orange Street
    Auckland Park
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Cost: R60 for students and pensioners, R100 for adults (includes a copy of the author’s latest book)
  • RSVP: Janine Daniel, janine@jacana.co.za

Bitches' BrewZulu Boy Gone Crazy: Hilarious Tales Post Polokwane

  • Masterclass Presenter: Fred Khumalo
  • Date: Thursday, 25 February 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM

 
 
 
 
The Book of WarWalk

  • Masterclass Presenter: James Whyle
  • Date: Thursday, 31 March 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM

 
 
 
 
What Will People Say

  • Masterclass Presenter: Rehana Rossouw
  • Date: Thursday, 21 April 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM

 
 
 
 
Dub Steps

  • Masterclass Presenter: Andrew Miller
  • Date: Thursday, 26 May 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM

 
 
 
 
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  • Masterclass Presenter: Klara Skinner
  • Date: Thursday, 30 June 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM

 
 
 
 
Sweet Medicine

  • Masterclass Presenter: Panashe Chigumadzi
  • Date: Thursday, 28 July 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM

 
 
 
 
To Every Birth Its BloodRevelations

  • Masterclass Presenter: Mongane Wally Serote
  • Date: Thursday, 25 August 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM

 
 
 
 
African DelightsWhen a Man Cries

  • Masterclass Presenter: Siphiwo Mahala
  • Date: Thursday, 29 September 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM

 
 
 
 
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Time to start thinking about the 2016 National Braai Tour with Jan Braai

The 2016 National Braai Tour with Jan Braai and friends is around the corner!

The Democratic Republic of BraaiFireworksRed Hot

 
Jan – the author of incredible cookbooks such as The Democratic Republic of Braai and Fireworks – is the man behind the National Braai Day initiative, which he started in 2005 with the aim of creating a national celebration of the one activity all South Africans have in common, regardless of race, language, gender or wealth: cooking over a fire.

He holds the world record for the longest braai and his TV series Jan Braai for Erfenis has run each year on kykNET since 2011.

2016 will see the third National Braai Tour take place. For more information, including dates and entry rules, read the statement released by Jan’s dynamic team:

Enter the National Braai Tour 2016

After the success and global appeal of the 2014 and 2015 versions of the National Braai Tour, we are very excited and looking forward to 2016. Our simple aim is to take a group of proud and passionate South Africans (mostly) on a weeklong tour through beautiful parts of South Africa. During this week participants will join us to visit significant and interesting heritage sites, we’ll unite around fires, braai a few times per day and wave the South African flag.

There is a huge public demand for entries and participation in the tour and we literally have had 100’s of email and social media requests over the past few months from interested parties. The 2016 tour will feature 40 teams (as opposed to the 60 teams we had in 2015) thus space is limited and we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate all interested parties, both old and new. Please take your time to complete the application form and provide us with as much information as you can in order to increase your chances of a successful team entry.

If you need to know every minute detail of the tour before being able to enter, you’re probably not the right person for this adventure. Below however are the things we can share with you at this stage. If this looks like your cup of beer, complete the application form and good luck!

Saturday 10 September 2016 – Saturday 17 September 2016.

The tour will start in Cape Town on Saturday 10 September 2016.
The rest of route will be in South Africa. There will be reasonable distances of driving per day (our aim is 2 – 3 hours) and picturesque landscapes. The tour will finish somewhere in South Africa from where you can then make your own way back to anywhere else in the country in one day. If you need more specific information before you are willing to make the commitment to enter, you are probably not the right person to take part in the National Braai Tour. We might share the rest of the route with you later, we might keep it secret until the start of the actual tour.

You can only enter as a team of four.

Entry fee is R20 000 per team of four and needs to be paid in full to reserve your entry. Each team member change requested after confirmation of a successful entry will be charged at R2,500 admin fee per change. If for some reason your team cannot take part anymore and pull out after successfully entering, we will replace it with a team on our waiting list and it will be dealt with as 4 team member changes and you will receive a R10,000 refund [20,000 – (4 x 2,500)]. The last day for any such changes will be 1 June 2016.

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Celebrate the launch of Rooms Your Kids Will Love by Sam Scarborough at Exclusive Books Canal Walk

Rooms Your Kids Will LoveKreatiewe kinderkamersExclusive Books and Human & Rousseau would like to invite you to join them for a coffee morning at the Canal Walk branch to celebrate Rooms Your Kids Will Love by Sam Scarborough.

This indispensable craft book features awesome projects to redo your kid’s bedroom, ranging from very easy to difficult. It offers solutions for all age groups – from babies and toddlers to preteen and young adults. Scarborough also includes tips and advice for smaller changes. Step-by-step instructions combined with full-colour pictures will ensure success. This is a great source of inspiration if you are looking for ideas!

Scarborough is a creative director, author, stylist and children’s decor consultant. Rooms Your Kids Will Love is also available in Afrikaans as Kreatiewe kinderkamers.

The coffee morning takes place on Wednesday, 10 February at 10 AM.

See you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 10 February 2016
  • Time: 9:30 AM for 10:00 AM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Canal Walk
    Shop 428, Century City
    Montague Gardens
    Cape Town | Map

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Presenting the winners of the 2015/2016 Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards

 
Last week, the 2015/2016 Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards were presented to individuals and organisations who make positive contributions in the province.

Awards were given in different categories, including Arts and Culture, Museums, Language, Heritage, Libraries, Archives and Geographical Names. Three special Minister’s Awards were also presented.

Among the winners were Lyrical Base Project, “for the work that they do in the development of young poets and writers”; Ria Olivier, who took home the Neville Alexander Award for the Promotion of Multilingualism and Watu Kobese, who won the Best contribution to Language Development for his development of the isiXhosa terminology for chess pieces and moves, a first of its kind initiative.

Five library awards were handed out, with Bellville Public Library winning Best Large Public Library, as a “shining example of moving with the times and adapting to the changing demographics and effects of urbanisation”.

Western Cape Cultural Affairs and Sport Minister Anroux Marais congratulated all winners and nominees on the evening, saying: “These awards offer an opportunity to acknowledge the diversity of the cultural landscape with great pride.

“Celebrate our colourful Western Cape Province with us tonight. Feel and be proud of our historical, cultural and linguistic heritage. I believe our beauty lies in our diversity. The things we have in common are more than those things that set us apart, and the sooner we all realise this, the better.

“We need to get to a point where we understand and tolerate each other regardless of our differences. We need to get to a point where we celebrate our diversity and work together towards a socially inclusive nation.”

 

Read the press release to see who took home the prizes:

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The Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards are held annually to celebrate individuals and organisations in the Western Cape who make a positive contribution in the Cultural Affairs sector. Awards have been given to organisations and individuals who have made a profound impact within the Arts, Culture, Language, Heritage, Museums, Archives, Geographical Names and Libraries sectors in the province over the years.

Below are the 2015/16 award winners in each category:

ARTS AND CULTURE
 

  • 1. Best contribution to Visual Arts, including Public Arts

Central Art Library, for the work they are doing in the field of visual arts and public arts, which is evident in their creative expression of different visual art exhibitions held in the Central Library gallery.

  • 2. Best contribution to Performing Arts: Dance

Sbonakaliso Ndaba, a performer, choreographer and a teacher that has been on the fore-front of the developing contemporary African dance in the Western Cape. Her current work with Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership is evident of her expertise in the field of contemporary dance and has become a driving force behind this initiative.

  • 3. Best contribution to Performing Arts: Drama

Thamsanqa “Tamie” Mbongo, Thamsamqa has contributed extensively in the development of Drama in various communities in the Western Cape over the years. He has achieved this through individual and collaborative projects and programmes with various stakeholders.

  • 4. Best contribution to the Performing Arts: Music

David Wickham, contributed to the development and popularisation of Steelbands in the urban and rural communities of the Western Cape. the bands that he has developed can be found in areas such as Riebeek Kasteel, Vredenberg, Clan William, Langa and Mithcell’s Plain.

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Lungile Jacobs, has contributed extensively to the development of Choral Music in the Western Cape. He was also instrumental in the formation of WCCMA and CMFSA which are organisations that advocate and lobby for choral music provincially and nationally.

  • 5. Best contribution to the Literary Arts (including poetry, prose, play-writing)

Lyrical Base Project, for the work that they do in the development of young poets and writers. The project is also engaged in developing spoken word writers among primary school children, and also assists them with reading and writing.

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  • 6. Best contribution to Crafts and/or Design

Mark Jeneker, is well-established and an accomplished crafter himself. He does sustainable work in terms of development arts and crafts. One of his projects includes arts and crafts classes at the Central Art Library.

  • 7. Best contribution to the promotion of Cultural Activities

Balu Nuvision, has done impressive work in the development of the arts in the Western Cape in the past 30 years. She is both a teacher and an arts activist; she’s also been part of the formation of Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership

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Brenda Skelenge, a teacher and a cultural activist. The work that she does focuses on bringing tourists to cultural and creative events in Khayelitsha. She is also using her house as a cultural hub where people can come and listen or watch performances from various local and established performers and music bands.

  • 8. Best Project: Disability in the Visual, Performing and Literary Arts

Unmute Dance Company, a mixed ability dance group, the only integrated contemporary dance company currently active in the Western Cape.

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  • 9. Best project to Promote and Preserve an Indigenous Art Form

Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers, traditional Riel Dance is recognised as the oldest dance form in South Africa and a creative cultural expression. The revival of traditional Riel dance in and around Wupperthal is a community initiative. The troupe made their debut with much success at the annual Riel Dance Championship final in December 2013, where they became the ATKV Junior Riel Dance Champions 2013. In April 2015 they qualified for the South Africa Champions of Performing Arts and came home with “Grand Champion Award 2015” for “Best Group performance” as well as four gold Medals and the “Overall Trophy Award”

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MUSEUMS
 

  • 1. Best Museum

Genadendal Mission Museum for the work done by their Youth Forum, which was launched on International Museums Day. The forum meets every second Saturday, and was involved in setting up and planning the 2015 annual Heritage Day exhibition opening. Special focus was placed on the youth and what they could take away from their experience in the group and getting more involved at the Genadendal Museum.

  • 2. Best New Museum Project

Music van de Caab Exhibition, Solms-Delta Wine Estate, well known as one of the country’s most progressive wine estates. In 2005 they established the Wijn de Caab Trust to benefit the 200 historically disadvantaged residents and employees. A major part of the transformation was the opening of a Museum in October 2005 which tells the stories of the indigenous inhabitants, colonial setters, slaves and the experiences of apartheid of the present day workers on the farm.

  • 3. Best Museum Volunteer

Dr I Balie, who is still actively involved in guiding visitors and tour groups, where and when needed at the Museum. Some visiting groups specifically requested to have Dr Balie as their tour guide. With his extensive knowledge of all artefacts on displays he still plays a key role in the digitization of the collection by guiding the auditing staff members.

 
LANGUAGE
 

  • 1. Neville Alexander Award for the Promotion of Multilingualism

Ria Olivier, served as chair of the Western Cape Language Committee for the past three years. As member, she is a very proactive activist for language rights, specifically Afrikaans. Hard working behind the scenes, Ria Olivier promotes bilingualism, especially for isiXhosa.

  • 2. Best contribution to Language Development

Watu Kobese, identified a need for a Chess booklet in isiXhosa and worked together with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport to develop the isiXhosa terminology for chess pieces and moves, a first of its kind initiative.

 
HERITAGE
 

  • 1. Best Heritage Project

Dr Jayson Orton, Namakwa Sands, for his work at the Namakwa Sands Mine on the west coast of the Western Cape. Dr Orson conducted a program of survey and excavation across the property, turning a cultural resource management project into a research project. He went beyond expectations in his mitigation of mining impacts in Namaqualand by converting the rescue excavation into a sustainable research project.

  • 2. Best Heritage Impact Assessment or Heritage Report

Chris Snelling for Paardevlei Precint 3 HIA, This HIA (Heritage Impact Assessment) is regarded as an excellent current example of its type. It effectively integrates structures, landscapes and context into an understanding of the significance of heritage resources.

 
LIBRARIES
 

  • 1. Best Public Library: Children’s Services

Mount Pleasant Public Library for the Reading project they intensively continued with this year. Despite a limited staff component and room space they were able to help the children of the community with their reading abilities.

  • 2. Best Public Library: Youth Services

Kensington Public Library, for the significant strides made in contributing towards the development of the community, particularly the youth, offering opportunities like the sewing club, computer literacy and a career expo.

  • 3. Best Small Public Library (1-3 staff members)

Prince Albert Library. Despite the fact that this was the only nomination, Prince Albert Public Library impressed the panel with the overwhelming support they received from the local community with the nomination. The help they provided to the animal welfare society as well as their support to the library in the local prison were much appreciated. They did exceptionally well during the annual Leesfees.

  • 4. Best Medium-sized Public Library (4-8 staff members)

Masiphumulele Public Library, City of Cape Town, they have grown in leaps and bounds in the last couple of years, with amazing projects from Fine Arts to Ikama Youth partnership, as well as reaching out internationally.

  • 5. Best Large Public Library (9+ staff members)

Bellville Public Library, City of Cape Town, a shining example of moving with the times and adapting to the changing demographics and effects of urbanisation. Out of the box thinking like the Takeaways Services to deal with the parking challenges; the outreach in the Home Affairs Queue; and the amazing work that they are doing living up to their motto ‘Sensational Customer Service’.

 
ARCHIVES
 

  • 1. Archives Advocacy Award

Archival Platform, a Civil Society organisation that is committed to deepening democracy through the use of memory and Archives as dynamic public resources. They conduct research in various aspects of Archives and Records management.

  • 2. Most Influential Person in Records Management

Juliana Vercueil and the Registry Team, Western Cape Liquor Authority, which is a newly established organisation, and within the three years since its establishment, Ms Vercueil and her team has established a fully functioning Registry unit within the Authority. She has also been involved in a specialised project that needed to be complete in a short period of time, which is commendable.

  • 3. Best Contributor to Archival Heritage

Erika le Roux and the Client Information Services of Western Cape Archives and Records Service, their greatest contribution lies in a well-organised reading room, their interaction with the researchers and support to them. First- hand knowledge are shared. They incite researchers to come back due to the service provided, including research support. There is a great knowledge of information capsulated in data resources. On a day to day basis they promote the Archives with enthusiasm and professionalism.

 
GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES
 

  • 1. Best contribution to the Standardisation and/or Public Awareness of Geographical Names

The Naming Committee, (Brett Herron, Chair) and the Public Participation Unit of the City of Cape Town, for their work done to ensure that an extensive public participation process was conducted to invite names for the seven unnamed footbridges over Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Rhodes Avenue. They initiated and followed through an extensive consultation campaign involving all players to name the seven bridges. The final choice represents the most diverse set of names, reflecting the city’s diverse history, heritage and culture.

 
MINISTER’S SPECIAL AWARDS
 

  • 1. Outstanding Achievement of Women in the Arts and Culture, Language, Heritage, Geographical Names, Museums, Libraries or Archives

Balu Nivision, for her tireless commitment to the community via the creative arts, thereby effecting change in traumatised individuals and communities plagued by adversity. She co-founded the INDONI ACADEMY, which helps to transform the lives of young people. She does therapeutic interventions with the use of dance, music therapy and art.

  • 2. Outstanding Achievement of Youth in Arts and Culture, Language, Heritage, Geographical Names, Museums, Libraries or Archives

Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay, for their long-term commitment to caring for the needs of children from all walks of like, which helps to create cross cultural solidarity. They provide a home away from home for children from troubled backgrounds, where they can be nourished physically and emotionally. They are consistently innovating new ways to improve their service to the Hout Bay Community.

  • 3. Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Culture, Language, Heritage, Geographical Names, Museums, Libraries or Archives

Jennifer van Papendorp, who has worked in the Arts and Culture field in the Western Cape since 1981 and for the past 34 years has contributed in many ways. She has worked as a dancer with Jazzart Dance Theatre, Southern women, Abamanyani, and Somatic Jam. She has taught thousands of young people, adults and teachers over the years. She has lectured in movement and Dance Technique and Theory for the Western Cape Tertiary institutions. She also served as a WCED principle Subject Advisor and Curriculum planner in Arts and Culture and Dance Studies. She co-established the first Artscape Schools Festival and produced a number of public performances for the Focus School learners in professional theatres. She also collaborated with the Department of Culture Affairs and Sport in helping to set up and supervise the WCED branch of the MOD dance programme in seven schools.

  • 4. National and International Contributions in Arts and Culture, Language, Heritage, Geographical Names, Museums, Libraries or Archives

Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers, Traditional Riel Dance is recognised as the oldest dance form in South Africa and a creative cultural expression. The revival of traditional Riel dance in and around Wupperthal is a community initiative. The troupe made their debut with much success at the annual Riel Dance Championship final in December 2013, where they became the ATKV Junior Riel Dance Champions 2013. In April 2015 they qualified for the south Africa Champions of Performing Arts and came home with “Grand Champion Award 2015” for “Best Group performance” as well as four gold Medals and the “Overall Trophy Award”

Minister Marais congratulated all winners and nominees on the evening, and said “These awards offer an opportunity to acknowledge the diversity of the cultural landscape with great pride. Celebrate our colourful Western Cape Province with us tonight. Feel and be proud of our historical, cultural and linguistic heritage. I believe our beauty lies in our diversity. The things we have in common are more than those things that set us apart, and the sooner we all realise this, the better. We need to get to a point where we understand and tolerate each other regardless of our differences. We need to get to a point where we celebrate our diversity and work together towards a socially inclusive nation.”

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